The NBA has fined the Brooklyn Nets $50,000 for letting Kyrie Irving into their locker room following Sunday's win over the New York Knicks. The New York City has lifted some of its vaccine mandates as unvaccinated individuals such as Irving can now attend home games at Barclays Center.
However, Irving is still not allowed to play at Barclays Center. Irving sat in the stands on Sunday as he watched the Nets claiming s 110-107 win over the Knicks. The fans, as well as Nets players, were frustrated that Irving wasn't allowed to play.
Kevin Durant wants Irving on the floor at Barclays Center
After dropping 53 points on the Knicks, Durant sent a message to New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Durant told Adams that he has to "figure out vax policy."
"It's ridiculous," Durant said. "I don't understand it at all. There's a few people in our arena that's unvaxxed, right? They lifted all of that in our arena, right? So I don't get it ... I don't get it.
It just feels like at this point now, somebody's trying to make a statement or a point to flex their authority. But everybody out here is looking for attention and that's what I feel like the mayor wants right now, is some attention.
But he'll figure it out soon. He better. "But it just didn't make any sense. There's unvaxxed people in this building already. We got a guy who can come in the building, I guess, are they fearing our safety? I don't get it.
We're all confused. Pretty much everybody in the world is confused at this point. Early on in the season people didn't understand what was going on, but now it just looks stupid. So hopefully, Eric, you got to figure this out."
After his initial comments, Durant released a statement to clarify his criticism on New York City Mayor Adams. "The last two years have been a difficult and painful time for New Yorkers, as well as a very confusing time with the changing landscape of the rules and mandates," Durant said.
"I do appreciate the task the Mayor has in front of him with all the city has been through. My frustration with the situation doesn't change the fact that I will always be committed to helping the communities and cities I live in, and play in."